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Doing Drugstore: Alpha Hydrox 12% AHA Souffle


For the last three weeks, I've been using a lotion that—if you believe all the rave reviews—is supposed to transform skin from a zitty, dull mess into radiant, beautiful skin. Alpha Hydrox 12% AHA Souffle is named for its 12% concentration of glycolic acid, an AHA that exfoliates and removes dead skin. (For a definition of AHAs, click here.)

This whipped lotion gets rave reviews from people, some of whom said they'd watched their face get brighter in just a few days. But since AHAs usually don't give overnight results, I decided to wait almost a month before reviewing this product. After three and a half weeks of hoping and religiously applying AHA Souffle, I have to say, it just doesn't live up to the high praise I'd heard about it.

That's not to say I wouldn't buy it again, though. Keep reading and I'll explain what I mean. To find out, read more

One thing I like about this product is its price. It retails for $15.99, but I bought it for $5.99 at Walgreens. If you're going to buy an AHA product, you may as well buy one that doesn't cost $50, right?

Where I get into a love/hate thing is the efficacy of the product. The first time I applied the Souffle, I braced myself for the stinging that inevitably goes along with glycolic acid. It didn't come. Yet night after night, I applied the lotion after cleansing and letting my face dry. While my skin doesn't look quite as dull, it doesn't look significantly more glowing, either. I get better results from my beloved Lush Brazened Honey mask.

With all of that said, I'd recommend this for someone who hasn't tried AHA products before. Everybody's skin responds to treatment differently, so while this didn't do anything for me, it might work well for someone else. (How else to explain the rave reviews, right?) Have you tried this stuff? Am I the only one not completely wowed by it?


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